1. Bronze of a nude youth
More than 150 lots from the contents of a London townhouse in Fitzrovia will be included in an Interiors sale at Dreweatts of Donnington Priory in Newbury on February 26. Guided at £8000-12,000 is this patinated bronze model of a nude youth by German sculptor Mathieu Molitor (1873-1929). Conceived during the artist’s stay in Rome in 1907, the model demonstrates the early, more academically inclined output of Molitor’s oeuvre and is possibly derived from the ancient Greek ‘Apoxyomenos’ sculptures, which show nude athletes with their hands in similar attitudes. The piece stands on a faceted cylindrical oak veneered pine pedestal and measures 8ft (2.45m) high overall. It can be viewed on thesaleroom.com.
2. George II mahogany table
Until recently, this rather neglected-looking George II mahogany table was used as a workbench in a shed in the West Country. Made in the manner of William Kent (1685-1748), the 3ft 3in x 6ft 6in (1 x 1.98m) table is raised on paired legs with carved volutes and lion mask capitals and features a central frieze drawer with a carved mask of Apollo. It carries an estimate of £3000-4000 at East Bristol Auctions on February 26 in Hanham. It can be viewed on thesaleroom.com.
3. Gothic Revival clock
Billed by the auction house as one of “the very best produced by the Vulliamy workshop during the 1840s”, this monumental Gothic Revival clock by Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy (1780-1854) will be offered at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on February 27. It was reputedly removed from a private house in Greenwich in London for safekeeping in 1939, eventually finding its way into the possession of a judge and then passed into another private collection where it has remained for the past 15 years. Estimated at £40,000-50,000, it can be viewed on thesaleroom.com.
4. Perfume bottles
More than 160 perfume bottles from a private collection will go under the hammer at Catherine Southon’s first sale of the year on February 27 in Selsdon, Surrey. The group – amassed over 30 to 40 years by a local collector – ranges in estimate from £50-400 and comes in glass, silver, ceramic and coloured examples. This vintage six-cased set of Penhaligon’s enamelled glass perfume bottles, each bottle with applied labels and coloured enamel and sterling silver stoppers, is estimated at £100-200. The collection can be viewed on thesaleroom.com.
5. Art Nouveau dish
This late Victorian dish bears the hallmarks for Art Nouveau silversmith Gilbert Marks (1861-1905), London 1898. The 6¾in (17cm) long lozenge-shaped dish, hand planished and embossed with scrolling chrysanthemum leaves and flowers, is estimated at £800-1200 at Chilcotts Auctioneers of Honiton, Devon on March 2. It can be viewed on thesaleroom.com.